Chuck Kays, outgoing president of the N.C. Azalea Festival, said the committee does consider queen candidates with local ties.
Although the queen is usually a recognizable national celebrity, some celebrities with local ties have been crowned Queen Azalea. Among them are Sydney Penny (1999), Nina Repeta (2000) and Barbara Alyn Woods (2008).
This year’s queen, Ericka Dunlap, is from Florida.
“The president leads the pursuit for the acquisition of the queen,” Dr. Kays said. He said the president is free to seek input from the Azalea Festival board.
Kays said that when the Azalea Festival president recruits the queen, he/she is looking for someone who is articulate, elegant and realizes the importance of the festival to the community. One question Dr. Kays asked himself before choosing a queen is: Who best exemplifies the spirit of the festival?
He said a local celebrity was considered this year, but her filming schedule conflicted with the festival.
Date posted: April 17, 2012
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